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Ohio Agency on Aging senior assistance programs.

Agency on Aging offices in Ohio can provide services to seniors, the elderly, disabled, and older adults. A number of resources and assistance programs are focused on some of the unique needs that seniors may have. Some of what can be assisted with includes food, heating and energy bills, medications, and other support. Find help for seniors and more information on Agency of Aging below.

Seniors, many who live on fixed income, will sometimes struggle with paying high heating bills and costs. Several agencies and government organizations have partnered together to provide assistance. They include the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, Ohio Department of Development, agency of aging centers, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. They provide information and financial assistance and conservation programs. Money and grants can help pay cooling or heating bills.

Home Weatherization Assistance Program may be able to help qualifying low-income senior and disabled homeowners and also renters reduce energy consumption. It can also increase the comfort and safety of your home. Dial 1-800-282-0880.

The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, is a financial assistance program for low-income residents of Ohio. Representatives at your office agency on aging can help you apply. A focus is usually for seniors, disabled, and others who are most vulnerable. Money can help pay heating and cooling bills.

PIPP, or Percentage of Income Payment Plan, is offered for qualifying low income customers that require regulated gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of their total household income, which may benefit seniors or elderly who live on a fixed income.

Crisis assistance may be offered for seniors from emergency HEAP. It can help households that face disconnection, have had their utilities disconnected, or that have a 10-day supply of heating fuel or oil. Representatives from an Aging office can also ensure that a senior citizen does not have their electricity cut off during a winter spell and that power companies meet other regulations in Ohio. As there are electricity shut off laws that protect households.




Prescription Medication and Drug Savings are provided by the Golden Buckeye card. Seniors, residents age 60 or older, and adults who are age 18-59 who have disabilities are the beneficiaries. This card will help Ohio families save tens of millions of dollars per year on their medical bills and drug costs. There is no cost to sign up, and area on aging offices can help with the process. This resource also includes the Ohio's Best Rx prescription drug discount program.

Choices Home Care Waiver is a consumer directed Medicaid waiver program that provides support as well as community-based and home services to older Ohio residents. Providers of these services can be agency or non-agency professional caregivers. They can also be individual providers such as neighbors, friends, or some approved relatives. The choices program is available to PASSPORT consumers, and the agencies on aging also administer the resource.

Receive needed medical care from Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This is a state of Ohio health care model that provides families, seniors and other qualified participants with all of their needed medical care and related, ancillary services. The services are provided to participants in community, acute, sub-acute, and institutional settings. Services offered by PACE include personal care services, primary and specialty medical care, adult day health services, inpatient hospital, prescription drug medications, nursing home care, occupational and physical therapies.

In order to be qualified for PACE, participants must be age 55 or older. The program is mostly run in Cincinnati and Cleveland, but it may expand to other areas of Ohio. Your office Agency of Aging office can advise more on this. If someone is seeking Medicaid assistance, they will need to qualify for coverage under the institutional financial eligibility standards. Participants of the Program of All-Inclusive Care also must need an intermediate or skilled level of medical care and they also need to be willing to receive all of their health care from PACE program providers and partners.





The Ohio Residential State Supplement (RSS) program is for low income adults with disabilities. This resource will provide them with cash assistance/a monetary supplement which can be used for paying bills and expenses. The program is offered for those Ohio residents do not require nursing home care. The supplement from the state of Ohio and your Agency on Aging office will help pay for an approved living arrangements and expenses, such as housing and other basic needs.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid work experience and job training service for senior citizens and adults age 55 and older. Job training and employment services are available across the state. Seniors can be placed in positions such as security guards, receptionists, typists, secretarial assistants, teachers' aides, nutrition aides, maintenance workers, and more. The Agency on Aging will also coordinate custom job training programs with local partners and businesses. All positions will be developed to meet the needs of participants and employers in the region.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program can provide vegetables and fresh fruits to residents. The statewide Ohio Department of Aging partners with local area agencies on aging offices and centers to offer the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in all 45 counties across the state.

Ohio Agency on Aging offices may also have food pantries on site, or offer referrals to them that are near where the senior citizen lives. The locations are mostly run by volunteers and use donations from the community to feed low income families. The elderly can stop by for free groceries, nutritional support from Ensure, and other items. Find the locations of emergency food banks.

Home-delivered meals offer many homebound older adults a sense of connection to the outside world. Meal deliverers check on the welfare of the homebound elderly and often become friends. They are trained to report any health or other problems they may notice during their visits.

Additional benefits are derived from the home-delivered meal program. It can help improve the nutrition and overall health of homebound older adults and seniors. All meals, groceries, and food items provide at least one-third of the government's daily-recommended dietary allowances. This program is offered as one of the main goals of the Council on Aging is to enhance the lives of older adults and seniors by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services, including food and nutrition.

In addition to meeting nutritional needs, home-delivered meals offer many homebound older adults companionship and a sense of connection to the outside world. This can occur as meal deliverer’s check on the overall health and welfare of the homebound elderly, and they are trained to report any health or other problems that are discovered during a visit.

Transportation is a service always in high demand. The Agency on Aging works to ensure that seniors and the homebound that need help with transportation can get it through programs such as Elderly Services Program, Title III, and PASSPORT. They may also partner with other non-profits in Ohio, such as the Salvation Army or St. Vincent de Paul. Transportation can sometimes be offered for needs such as medical and social service appointments, recreation, shopping, and the like.







Senior Health Insurance Information Program of Ohio (SHIP) is offered to seniors at area agency on aging centers. Volunteers and case managers work with the elderly to advise them on medical issues. Get free advice on topics, and get support in dealing with, Medicare Health Plans, Long Term Care Insurance, Medigap Insurance, and Medicare Drug Plans. Staff can also help you find a medical billing error and contest it. The SHIP program in Ohio can also help consumers understand their health care and Medicare rights and protections, and offer help with filing appeals or contest bills. There is even information on where to find Ohio health care clinics.

Case managers and workers can often provide advocacy for seniors 60 years and older. This can be wide ranging, and will depend on the specifics of each agency on aging office. Services can include assistance with understanding paperwork from government agencies, doctors, etc., help with budgeting and writing monthly checks, assistance in applying for government benefits and more.

Service Coordination was created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and it is available to individuals in Ohio. The program was created to help seniors in subsidized or low income housing find appropriate providers and services. Licensed social workers and nurses work within a housing development to create educational programs or new services for seniors, advocate for residents, assist with community outreach, work with resident councils to improve the development's community life, and more.

Locations of Ohio Aging offices

To find an office near you in Ohio, dial 1-866-243-5678. Or use the list below.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio helps people in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. Address is 175 Tri County Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45246, call 1-800-252-0155

Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 is for the regions of Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble & Shelby. 40 W. Second Street, Suite 400, Dayton, Ohio 45402, dial 1-800-258-7277

Area Agency on Aging 3 offers senior programs in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties. Location is 200 E. High St./2nd Fl., Lima, OH 45801, 1-800-653-7723

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. Counties covered are Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Williams & Wood counties. Address is 2155 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, OH 43609-0624, call 1-800-472-7277

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. serves Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot county. 780 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44906, phone 1-800-860-5799

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is for the counties of Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway & Union. Address: 174 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, telephone number is 1-800-589-7277

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. is for Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto & Vinton counties. University of Rio Grande/F32, 160 Dorsey Drive, P.O. Box 500
Rio Grande, OH 45674-0500, dial 1-800-582-7277





Area Agency on Aging 8 is for Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington counties. 1400 Pike Street, Marietta, OH 45750, call 1-800-331-2644

Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc. supports the elderly and seniors in Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum & Tuscarawas county. 60788 Southgate Road
Byesville, OH 43723, phone 1-800-945-4250

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain & Medina counties. Address is 925 Euclid Avenue/#600, Cleveland, OH 44115, phone 1-800-626-7277

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc. covers Portage, Stark, Summit & Wayne counties. Location is 1550 Corporate Woods Parkway, Suite 100, Uniontown, OH 44685, telephone 1-800-421-7277

Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc. is for Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull counties. Location is 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Suite 2685 Second Floor, Niles, Ohio 44446. Phone number is 1-800-686-7367

By Jon McNamara

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